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By: Lilibeth A. French

THE REGIONAL Achievement Tests for this school year in Western Visayas will go on, according to Department of Education 6 Regional Director Mildred Garay.

Garay said that the Dep-Ed in consultation with the different school division superintendents has decided to go on with the holding of the RAT for this school year 2011-2012 to assess the performance of the schoolchildren and to know which subject area needs to be improved on.

She said the order of Education Secretary Armin Luistro to discontinue the conduct of the Regional and Division Achievement Tests will take effect next school year 2012-2013.

In his DepEd Order No. 7, Luistro has ordered the discontinuation of all scheduled RAT and DAT or any similar assessment tools used by the regions and the divisions in the public system beginning school year 2012 to 2013 with the start of the transition phase in the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum.

Luistro said in his directive that the “National Achievement Test held March every year shall be the sole assessment tool that will be recognized in measuring the performance of pupils and students attributing to the performance of individual schools, municipalities, congressional districts, school city divisions, provinces and region.”

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An Asian Francis?

May 28, 2015 03:38 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

“(AS) FATHER of all, I cannot be wrapped in a political flag” of (my) native Argentina, Pope Francis said.

Such remarks gave “centrists in the church a new lease on life,” writes Boston Globe reporter John Allen in his new book, published by Time magazine: “The Francis Miracle: Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church.” Read more...

Life always has more to offer

May 28, 2015 03:36 AM


By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

 

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Life can’t be restricted simply by our senses and preferences, nor by our knowledge and wisdom. It gives us a lot more. There are things that simply are beyond our control. Read more...

Road crashes are killing more children now

May 28, 2015 03:32 AM

By: Dante M. Lantin

WORLDWIDE, 1.3 million lives are lost and 50 million people are injured due to road crashes yearly. If nothing is done, from being the ninth killer in the world, road crash will be the third leading cause of death by 2020. Read more...

‘Too much ado over nothing’?

May 28, 2015 03:29 AM

By: Jess G. Dureza

SOME quarters noted that Malacañang exercised strong "political will" in quickly passing the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the House committee level. Unfortunately, how the events played out unfairly undermined it instead.

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Long shot

May 28, 2015 03:26 AM

THE proposal to put up cockpits in all seven districts of Iloilo City in an attempt to curb illegal cockfights is like sweeping the dust underneath the rug. The nuisance is hidden but never gone.

Iloilo City Councilor Lyndon Acap has a point that cockfights are only illegal because of the venue. Unless authorized by law, no cockfight should happen outside designated arenas. Read more...

Same-sex Marriage: Not In Our Lifetime

May 28, 2015 03:23 AM

By: John Andrew G. Evangelista

WHEN I was in college, I asked one of my mentors a question, “Do you think same-sex marriage will ever be legal in our country?”

She said convincingly, “Not in my lifetime. Not even in yours, Andoy.” Read more...

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